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ISPT Data Protection Advisor Fundamentals

ThiscourseprovidesparticipantswithanintroductiontotheEMCDataProtectionAdvisorproduct
version6.0,includingpositioning,architectureandtechnicalinformation.Thecoursealsocovers
howdatagatheringworksinDPA.
ThiscourseisintendedforeveryonewhoneedsintroductoryinformationontheEMCData
ProtectionAdvisorproduct.

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ISPT Data Protection Advisor Fundamentals

This moduleprovidesanoverviewofDataProtectionAdvisor, version6.0.

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Therearemanychallengesintodaysbackupandrecoveryenvironmentsnomatterwhichbackup
productisinuse.
First,unprecedenteddatagrowthisovertaxingtraditionaldataprotectionapproachesand
technologies,leadingtoincreaseduncertaintyaboutprotectionstatus.
Second,multipleprotectionmethodsleadstodatasilos.Whetheritsdifferenttypesofreplication
ormultiplebackupapplicationsorboththiscreatessilosthatmakeitdifficulttoknowwhatis
protectedandifitsproperlyprotected.
Lastly,therestheshiftfromphysicaltovirtualserverinfrastructure.Theprocessesand
technologiesthatworkedwellinaphysicalenvironmentmaynotbethemosteffectiveinavirtual
one.
Thisallleadstoincreasingchallengesanduncertaintyforprotectingbusinesscriticaldata,aswell
asaddedcostandcomplexity.

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Letstakeadeeperlooktoseewhatscontributingtosomeofthesechallenges.
First,therearedatasilosthatresultfromhavingmultiplewaystoprotectdata.Sincetheresno
singleview,itleadstoalackofvisibilityintotheoverallprotectionenvironment.
Thisleadstoalotofinefficientmanualefforttocollectandunifythisdata,byreviewinglogfiles
andthentryingtodoanalysisthroughspreadsheets.Alternatively,companiesturntoscripting,
whichisexpensive,timeconsuming,andneverthoroughenoughtocoverallelementsinthe
environment.
Andforthemostcriticaldataprotectedbyreplication,companiesoftenresorttoreplication
disasterrecoverytesting.Thisisatimeconsumingandexpensivemanualprocess.Assuch,it
generallyonlyhappenstwiceayearasanallhandsondeckexercise.Intodaysdynamic,ever
changingenvironment,theresjusttoomuchchangehappeningtomakethiseffective.Inmany
cases,administratorshavelittleornotimetovalidatetherecoverabilityoftheirdata,whichiseven
worse.
Whichleads,intheend,torecoveryuncertainty.Isyourdatarecoverableattheapplicationlevel?
Canyoumeetyourauditrequirementsfordataprotection?

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Wediscussedatypicaldataprotectionenvironmentandintroducedtheconceptofdataprotection
management,whichistheprocessofmanagingalltheassetsandsoftwareinvolvedinprotectinga
companyscriticalassets.Somebusinesseshandlethismanuallytodayatgreateffortandrisk
whileothershaveautomatedtheeffortandarereapingtherewards.
DataProtectionAdvisorisadataprotectionmanagementofferingthatmovescompaniesoutof
theredstovepiped/manualeffortareaintothegreenareawithdataprotectionmanagementthat
isfullyautomatedwithasingleviewanddrivesanenvironmentthatsefficient,riskmanaged,and
simplified.
Whereareyouonthisspectrumtoday?

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AccordingtoanESGsurvey,organizationsusedataprotectionmanagementsoftwareformany
reasons.Reasonsmostfrequentlyidentifiedincluded:

Supportingcomplianceandauditrequirements,andcapacityplanningandtrending,which
wasrecognizedbyapproximatelyhalfofthesurveyrespondents

Assessingsuccessandfailureofbackupandrecoveryjobs
Identifyinggapsindataprotectionprocesses,and
Managingtotalcostofownership
Thebottomlineisthatbusinessesneedtoknowthattheircriticalapplicationdataisprotected,
thattheycanproveitsprotected,andthatifthereareissuestheycanfindthemandfixthem
quickly.

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DPAprovidesasingleviewoftheentireinfrastructurethroughdatadiscovery,analysis,andreportingthat
leveragesthisdataforkeybackupmanagementfunctions.DPAincorporatesbackupsolutions,replication
technologies,virtualenvironments,tape/VTLstorage,SANandNASsystems,andthebusinessapplications
protectedbytheinfrastructure.
AkeycomponentofDPAistheproactiveanalysisengine,whichalongwithitspowerfulcentraldata
storedrivesthesolutionsmonitoring,alerting,troubleshooting,optimization,capacityplanning,and
reportingcapabilities.Theproactiveanalysisengineconstantlymonitorsincomingdataagainstavarietyof
rules,lookingforfailures,thresholdexceptions,anddevelopingconditions.Theanalysisenginecanlookfor
afailureonacriticalhost,repeatedfailures,growthofabackupthatwillexceedthebackupwindow,missed
SLAs,andresourceutilizationthresholds.Itcanalsomonitorreplicationenvironmentsforgapsinpolicyor
configurationthatwillcausearecoverytofail.Astandardrulesetcanbeusedorcustomizedtosuityour
requirements,andcanmonitoranyoftheresourcesorpoliciesthatDPAsupports.
DPAtransformsvolumesofdisparatedataintoactionablebusinessinformationthatallowscompaniesto
lowercoststhroughtheimproveduseoftheirinfrastructure,avoidingunnecessarypurchasesandreducing
manualeffort;improvescomplianceandlowersriskthroughbettervisibilityandassurancethatcriticaldata
isprotected;andreducescomplexitywithasingleconsoletoprovideanintegrated,automatedview.
Therulesandanalysisengineismademorepowerfulbyacentraldatastorethatscalestosupport
environmentswithtensofthousandsofclients.Thisdatastorestoresdatafromallofthedisparate
components,backupapplications,andreplicationtechnologies.Itenablestheanalysisenginetomonitor
acrossmultiplecomponents,devices,domains,andlocations,speedingaccesstothedatawithouttheneed
foraccesstomanydifferentsystems.Becausethedatastorecollectsdatafrommultipleresources,it
enablestheanalysisenginetocorrelateactivitiesfrommultipledomainsprovidingvisibilityandinsightto
addresspreviouslyunseenbarriers,developingproblems,andassetsthatareunderutilized.
Thiscrossenvironmentvisibilityenablesbothserviceprovidersandenduserstomonitorthehealthofthe
infrastructure.WithDPA,serviceproviderscanconstantlymonitortheirentireinfrastructuretoensure
servicelevelsforeachtenantarebeingmet,infrastructureisoptimallyutilized,theyhavesufficientcapacity
basedongrowthexpectations,etc.And,withDPA,serviceproviderscanofferdataprotectionasaservice
andputtheirtenantsdirectlyincontrol.
CustomerstypicallyseepaybackfromusingDataProtectionAdvisorin12monthsorlesswithongoing
totalcostofownershipbenefits.

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WithDataProtectionAdvisor,youalwaysknowyoucanrecovertoyourservicelevels,removing
uncertaintyandmitigatingrisk.
Youareabletoconsolidatealloperationalbackupandreplicationinformationintoasingledata
storewithaccessfromasingleconsole.
Withthisfoundation,youareabletofindandanticipateproblemsaffectingrecoverythrougha
powerfulanalysisengine andensureactionistaken.
Andyouareabletoproveitwithinstantrecoverabilityandservicelevelstatusaswellasreports,
availableataclickofabutton.

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Streamlineddiscoveryofthedataprotectionenvironmentthroughwizardsandcentralized
configurationcontrolssavescustomerssignificanttimewhenimplementingDataProtection
Advisor.Thisiskeyforspeedingcustomerstowardprotectingtheirenvironment.Customerscan
selfinstallDPAandstartprotectingtheirenvironmentinjustacoupleofhours.AndDPAprovidesa
comprehensive,360degreeviewofthedataprotectionenvironment,includingphysicaland
virtualizedservers,applications,deduplication,backupsoftware,replication,NAS/SAN,and
tape/VTL.
AprimarycapabilityofDPAisitsabilitytomeasureandprovedataprotection.DPAsnewuser
interfaceandstreamlinednavigationenablesrapidaccesstothisvitalbusinessinformation.DPAs
dashboardsandcomprehensivelistofreportsareavailabletoITadministrators,serviceproviders
andstakeholders.Allhavetheabilitytoquicklysearchonakeywordtoidentifythereportor
reportstheyarelookingfor,aswellastoperformacategoricalsearchbasedontheinfrastructure
componentstheywishtoreporton.DPAprovidescustomizableviewsbasedonaccessprivilegesor
preferences.Thisincludesdashboardviewlet selection,layout,etc.Viewingthemostimportant,
yetenvironmentwide,informationononescreenenablesbetteroperationaldecisionsbasedon
thebroaddataset.

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Effectivelymanagingdataprotectionenvironmentsislaborintensiveandcomplex.Itrequires
knowledgeofthebackupapplications,replicationtechnologies,andtheentiresupporting
infrastructure.Addingtothecomplexity,therearevaryingservicelevelagreementsforbackupand
recovery,replication,andvirtualization,aswellasauditandcompliancerequirementstoconsider.
And,withmanyITorganizationshavingmultipledatacenters,combinedwithnewhybrid
computingmodels,dataisoftenspreadacrossamixofprivateandpubliccloudresources,which
increasesthedifficultyinseeingandmanagingdatawhereveritmayreside.
WithDataProtectionAdvisorsautomatedmonitoring,analysis,andreportingacrossyourbackup
andrecoveryinfrastructure,replicationtechnologies,fileservers,andvirtualenvironment,
customerscanmoreeffectivelymanageSLAswhilereducingcostsandcomplexity.
DPAenablessingleclickverificationofserviceslevels,andempowersapplicationownersand
managementtoverifycompliance.Asmentionedearlier,withDPA,serviceproviderscanmonitor
theirentireinfrastructuretoensureservicelevelsforeachtenantarebeingmet,infrastructureis
optimized,tenantshavesufficientcapacityforgrowth,etc.Thesesameserviceproviderscanoffer
dataprotectionasaserviceandputtheirtenantsdirectlyincontrol.Customerscanseeexactly
what'sbeingdone,andhowprotectedtheyare.Bothserviceprovidersandcustomershave
detailedviewsintoprotectionalertsandresolutions.

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DataProtectionAdvisorsenhancedanalysisenginedrivesservicespredictabilitybyprovidingreal
timeanalytics.Asmentionedpreviously,DPAsanalysisengineevaluatesenvironmenteventsas
theyoccur,resultinginimmediateandautomatednotificationofpolicyviolationssuchasbackups
fallingoutsideofassignedwindows,missedservicelevels,etc.
DPAsanalysisenginelooksacrosstheentireenvironment,providingendtoendvisibility,aswellas
enablingunified,crossdomaincorrelationanalysisthatprovideshigherleveldecisionsupport
basedondefinedpolicies.WithDPA,businessdecisionscanbebasedonallthefactorsboth
existingandthosedevelopingwithintheenvironment,sothatadministratorscanevaluatethe
bestmoveaccordingtoallenvironmentcharacteristics,ratherthansilobasedfactors.
And,sinceDPAlooksacrosstheentiredataprotectionenvironment,theanalysisenginecan
identifytrends,suchascapacitygrowth,andenableadministratorstoplanfutureprotectioncosts.

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Visibilityiscrucialtoprotectingdataindynamicvirtualizedenvironmentsandensuringcompliance
withSLAs.Becausevirtualmachinescanbecreated,moved,orremovedonthefly,itisaconstant
challengetounderstandwhereaspecificsystemmaybelocatedatanyparticulartime,whatmight
byimpactingperformance,orifthesystemisprotected.Thismeansthatsystemsmaybe
unavailableordatamightnotbeprotected,withoutadministratorsbeingaware.
DataProtectionAdvisorsintegrationwithVMwareenablesthetrackingofperformance,resource
consumption,dataprotection,andconflictingbackupjobschedules,aswellasmovementofhost
imagesbetweenVMwaresystems.DataProtectionAdvisortracksvirtualdatamovementwith
assignedprotectionpoliciesforbothbackupandreplicationtoprovideconfidencethat
virtualizedmissioncriticalapplicationsareprotected.
UsingVMwaresupportprovidesacomprehensiveunderstandingoftheprotectionofvirtual
environments,ensuringthemostfromyourinvestment.DataProtectionAdvisorautomatically
notifiesadministratorsofunprotectedvirtualmachinesbydiscoveringthevirtualizedenvironment
andreportingonnewsystemsthatmayyettohaveitsapplicationsanddataprotected.

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DataProtectionAdvisor6.0istrulybuiltatcloudscale,withdistributedarchitectureofferingmulti
tenantdataprotectionmanagementandsignificantcostreductionbysupportingthousandsof
tenantsonasingleDPAinstancewithoutperformancedegradation.
Enterpriselevelscalabilityandhighavailabilityensurequalityofservicebyenablingadministrators
tomaintainperformancebynondisruptively addingnewnodesintorunningclustersortopartition
resourcesbasedoncustomerscalerequirements.
DataProtectionAdvisoralsocombineschargebackorshowbackreportingforbackupand
replicateddata.

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AprimarycapabilityofEMCDataProtectionAdvisorisitsabilitytomeasureandprovedata
protection.DPAsnewuserinterfaceandstreamlinednavigationenablesrapidaccesstothisvital
businessinformation.
DataProtectionAdvisorsdashboardsandcomprehensivelistofreportsareavailabletoIT
administrators,serviceproviders,andstakeholders.Allhavetheabilitytoquicklysearchonakey
wordtoidentifythereportorreportstheyarelookingfor,aswellastoperformacategorical
searchbasedontheinfrastructurecomponentstheywishtoreporton.DPAprovidescustomizable
viewsbasedonaccessprivilegesorpreferences.Thisincludesdashboardviewlet selection,layout,
etc.
Viewingthemostimportant,yetenvironmentwide,informationononescreenenablesbetter
operationaldecisionsbasedonthebroaddataset.

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ThismodulecoveredanoverviewofDPAfeaturesandfunctions.

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Thismodulecoversthearchitecture,componentsandterminologyofDPA6.0.

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ThearchitectureofDPAstillconsistsofthethreemaincomponents:ApplicationServer,Datastore,
andDataCollectionAgent.
BuiltuponstandardJBoss ApplicationServertechnology,theDPAServerisaunifiedApplication
ServerthatreplacesseparateservicesfoundinpreviousversionsofDPA,namelyController,
Reporter,Listener,PublisherandAnalysisEngine.Thesearenowfunctionsperformedbythe
unifiedApplicationServer.
TheDPAdatabase,embeddedintheproduct,isasingledatastore thatconsolidatesthethree
databasesofprioreditions,namelyConfig,Datamine,andIlluminator.Thisconsolidationallowsnot
onlyforatighterintegrationbetweenDPAsbackupandreplicationtechnologies,butalsofor
betterperformanceandsupportability.
TheData CollectionAgentcomponent istheprocessthatgathersdatafromanapplicationor
device.An AgentisautomaticallyinstalledonboththeDPAApplicationServerand DPADatastore
whenyouinstallthosecomponents.
DPA6supportsbothnewDPA6agentsandoldDPA5.5+collectors.Theagentssendthecollected
dataasXML.

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Inversion6.0,thearchitectureofDPAhaschanged.Theaccesslayeratthetopofthescreennow
involvesaradicallydifferentwayinmechanism.TheapplicationtalkstotheDataCollectionAgent,
theUI,andtheCLIviaaRESTful APIonly,whichhasbecomethecommoninterfaceforexchanging
information.
Asmentionedbefore,theunifiedDPAApplicationServerreplacesseparateController,Reporter,
Listener,PublisherandAnalysisEnginefrompreviousversionsofDPAandthosefunctionsrunas
executableJavaprogramspackagedinJARfiles.
DPA6.0includesahighperformancemessagebus,whichmanagesitsownpersistenceratherthan
relyingonadatabaseorthirdpartypersistenceengine.Themessagebususesanappendonly
journalforthepersistenceofmessagesandtransactions,consistingofasetoffilesondiskthat
havebeenprecreatedtoafixedsizeandinitiallyfilledwithpadding.Filesizeisconfiguredtofiton
adiskcylinder,whichminimizesthenumberofdiskcylindersperfile,andsinceanentiredisk
cylinderisaccessiblebyonediskrotation,andmessagesaresimplyaddedtotheendofthe
journal,diskheadmovementisminimized.Anotherjournalisopenedwhenthecurrentoneisfull,
andJBoss Messaginghasasophisticatedgarbagecollectionalgorithmthatremovesdeleted
messagesanddeterminesifaparticularjournalisneededanymore;ifnotthefileisreclaimedfor
reuse.

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ThefoundationoftheDPAServerisJBoss AS(JavaBeanOpenSourceSoftwareApplicationServer),
anopensourceJavaEEbasedapplicationserveroriginallydevelopedbyJBoss,nowadivisionof
RedHat.JBoss ASisarchitectedtobeseamlesslyembeddableinapplications,insuchawaythatit
iscompletelycustomizabletotherequirementsoftheapplicationitself.JBoss ASoffersenterprise
classreliability,performance,scalabilityandhighavailability.

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TheDPA6.0ServercomeswithanewindustrystandardRESTAPIforaccesstotheDPAdata
throughstandardHTTP(S)/XMLprotocols.ThisinterfaceallowsforDPAintegrationwithotherEMC
managementproductsviamashup technology.
DPA6.0alsousestheRESTAPItolaunchresponsestoeventsinitiatedbytheUI,theData
CollectionAgentortheCLI.ShownisasuccinctaccountofwhathappensafteraUIloginrequestis
received.

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DPA6.0usesasingledatastore insteadofthethreetraditionaldatastores (Config,Datamine,and


Illuminator).Thisdatastore hasbeenbuiltonPostgreSQL 9.1technology.Duetoitsclosealignment
withtheApplicationServer,thenewdatastore allowsforbetterperformancebysupporting
installationontheApplicationServeroronaseparatesystem.
DPA6.0doesnotallow"root"executionofthePostgreSQL server.Topreventpossiblesystem
securitycompromise,theservercanbeaccessedonlybytheapollosuperuser,anunprivilegedOS
useraccountthatenjoysallPostgreSQL rights.Thisrendersthedatastore inaccessiblefordirect
manipulationbyusers,whomustinsteadusetheRESTAPItoextract,create,modifyanddelete
data.
Thedatastore islocatedinthe/opt/emc/dpa/services/datastore subdirectory,whichcontainstwo
folders:Data,fortheDPAApplicationServerdata,andEngine,forthePostgres binaries.The
datastore transactionlogsarelocatedinthepg_xlog folderinsidedata.
Forqueries,thedatastore usesacachesizeof1024MB.Captureofstderr andcsvlog isenabled
andlogswiththeformatofdatastoreyearmonthdayhourminutesecond.logarewrittentothe
datastore/dataspg_log subdirectory.Logrotationsizeis250MBandautomaticrotationoflogfiles
willhappenafteroneday.
Thedatastore,whichsupportsamaximumof100simultaneousconnections(100prepared
transactions),listensbydefaultonlocalhost,althoughitcanalsolistenonanumberofaddresses
providedasacommaseparatedlist.ItusesTCP/IPport9003.

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DPA6.0sAnalysisEngineiseventdriven.Itdetectschangesinanobjectsstateasdatastreamsin
fromtheDPAAgent.Itiscapableofdoingthatbecauseitkeepsthestatusoftheobjectand
associatedrulesinmemory,whichallowsfortheevaluationofrulesuponrelevantchange.
Eventdrivenarchitecture,orEDA,givesDPA6.0theabilitytoissuealertsinnearrealtime,
enablingdataprotectionadministratorstomakepromptdecisions.
TheAnalysisEnginesoperatesbasedonanalysispolicies.Ananalysispolicyisacollectionofoneor
morerulesthatisassignedtoanobjectorgroup.Rulescontainthelogicforwhentoissueanalert.
DPAcomparescollecteddatainthedatastore totheconditionsintheruletotriggeralerts.Event
basedrulestriggeranalertinresponsetodatathatisstreamingintotheDPAserver.Schedulebase
rulesperiodicallycheckwhethertoissueanalert.Alertscancontaindynamictextualinformation
andmightincludepopulatedlinkstoreports.Onlyanalysispoliciescangeneratealerts.

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TheDPAServercanrunoneitherSolaris,Windows,orLinuxplatforms.TheDPAwebconsoleruns
fromabrowser.
TheEMCDataProtectionAdvisorSoftwareCompatibilityGuide providesacomprehensivelistingof
systemrequirements.

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YoucanconfigureaAgenttomonitorcertaintypesofdataremotely.Whenperformingremote
monitoring,themachineonwhichtheAgentisrunningiscalledtheproxyserver.Togatherdata,
theAgentusesaremoteprotocoltocommunicatewiththemachinefromwhichitiscollecting
data,thenforwardsthatinformationbacktotheDPAserverasshowninthediagramabove.The
remoteprotocoltypedependsonthetypeofdatathatisbeinggathered.Notallinformationcan
begatheredremotelyfromallapplicationsanddevicesthataresupportedbyDPA.
Forcertaindevicestypes,suchasIPandFibre Channelswitches,datamustalwaysbegathered
remotelyasitisimpossibletoinstallaAgentdirectlyonaswitch.
AlldatacanbegatheredremotelyfromtheagentlocatedontheDPAserver,withtheexceptionof
systemperformanceinformationfromUNIXmachines.
TogathersystemperformanceinformationfromUNIXhosts,theagentmustbeinstalledontothe
machine.

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TheDPADataCollectionAgentrunsonSolaris,Windows,HPUX,AIX,andLinux.
TheEMCDataProtectionAdvisorSoftwareCompatibilityGuide providesacomprehensivelistingof
systemrequirements.

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ThismodulecoveredthearchitectureofDataProtectionAdvisor6.0.

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ThismoduleoutlinestheDataProtectionAdvisor6.0licensingoptionsandguidelines.

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Therearetwolicensableoptions.
TheDataProtectionAdvisorforBackupoptionallowstheusertomonitorthebackupapplication
andalltheelementsofthebackupInfrastructureituses.Thisincludestheabilitytogathersystem
performancemetricsfrombackupservers,mediaservers/storagenodes,andbackupclients.Italso
includestheabilitytomonitoranyphysicalorvirtualtapelibraries,IPswitches,andFibre Channel
switchesintheenvironment.TheBackuplicensealsoprovidestheabilitytomonitordatabaseson
thebackupclients,whichpreviouslywasaseparatelylicensedoption.
WhenlicensedinVMwareenvironments,DataProtectionAdvisoridentifieswhichvirtualmachines
withintheESXserverarebeingbackedupandwhicharenot,aswellasbottlenecksinthephysical
infrastructure.Additionally,thedetailscapturedbyDataProtectionAdvisorenablesactivitiessuch
asperformancetuningofESXserversandadjustingbackupschedulestoreduceimpacton
productionservers.
TheReplicationAnalysisoption providescomprehensivemonitoringofEMCreplication
technologies,includingEMCRecoverPoint,SRDF,TimeFinder,MirrorView,andSnapView
environmentsonCLARiiON,VNX,Symmetrix VMAX.
InDPA6.0,nolicenseisrequiredforVNXfile,Celerra andCLARiiON functionality.

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DataProtectionAdvisorforbackuplicensingisavailablebytheNumberofbackupclientsand
Backupcapacity.
NotethatwithDPA6.0,DPAlicensingforAvamar isbasedonthesamecapacityforwhichAvamar
softwareislicensed,whichisthesumofprimarycapacity+capacitywrittentoDataDomain
throughAvamar.
DataProtectionAdvisorforVMware environmentsislicensedbyVMwareESXserver.
DataProtectionAdvisorforReplicationAnalysisfollowsasimilarlicensingformatasthe
replicationtechnologiesitsupports,andislicensedintwoways perTBcapacitychargefor
Symmetrix andRecoverPoint,andperarraychargeforVNX.
DataProtectionAdvisorReplicationAnalysisfunctionalityforVNXblockarraysisonlyavailable
throughtheVNXsoftwaresuitesApplicationProtection,TotalProtectionPack,andTotalEfficiency
PacksoftwareSuitesonVNXseriesarrays.CustomersreceiveDataProtectionAdvisorcapabilities
fortheVNXarraystomonitorMirrorView,SnapView,andRecoverPoint CDP/CRRthroughthese
licenses.

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DataProtectionAdvisorsupportsheterogeneousbackupenvironmentswithallmajorbackup
applications,tapelibraries,andbackuptodiskplatforms.NASFileServersupportisavailablefor
EMCCelerra environments.ReplicationAnalysisisavailableforCLARiiON/VNXand
Symmetrix/VMAXfamilystoragearraysusingnativearraybasedand/orRecoverPoint technologies
replicatingMicrosoftExchange,MicrosoftSQLServer,Oracle,andfilesystemsdatarunningin
multiplehostoperatingenvironments.
RefertotheDataProtectionAdvisorCompatibilityGuideontheEMCOnlineSupportSiteformore
details.

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ThismodulecoveredtheDataProtectionAdvisor6.0licensingoptionsandguidelines.

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ThismodulecoverstheDPA6.0WebConsole.

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TheDPAwebconsoleisabrowserbasedgraphicaluserinterfacethatallowsyoutomanage,
monitor,analyze,providealerts,andreportsonthebackupandreplicationenvironments.
OnceyoulogintotheDPAWebconsole,thedashboardislaunchedbydefaultandoccupiesthe
Webconsolewindow.OntheleftaretheprimarymenusoftheDPAServerandarearranged
verticallyontheWebconsolewindow.Therearesixprimarymenus:Dashboard,Advisor,Reports,
Policies,InventoryandAdmin.
AtthetopoftheWebconsolearethesecondarymenus,whichchangeinrelationtotheselected
primarymenu.Asyouseeonthisslide,theselectedprimarynavigationisDashboardandthe
secondarymenusatthetopshowdashboardcategories.Ifyouchangeyourprimarymenu,for
exampletoreports,theoptionsinthesecondarymenuswillchangeaccordingly.
AtthebottomoftheWebconsoleisthestatusbar.Thestatusbarshowsthealertsandthelogin
detailsarealwaysvisibletotheuserregardlessoftheprimarymenu.

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TheDashboard providesavisualrepresentationoftheenterprisewidesummaryofyour
environment.Itoffersinformationataglance,enablingtheusertomakequickdecisions.
TheAdvisorcontainsallthealertsDPAgeneratesandshowsexistingproblemsandpossible
solutions.AdvisoralsocontainstheReplicationAnalysisarea,whichcanvisuallydepictthe
applicationhosttostoragemappingandreplicationstatus.
TheReportsmenuisforrunningandschedulingthereportsandcreatingthecustomreports.
ThePolicies menuistheplaceinDPAtocreateandapplythepoliciestotheobjects.Basedonthe
definedpolicies,DPAgeneratesthealerts.
TheInventory menuisusedtodiscovertheobjects.TheDiscoveryWizardispartofit.
TheAdmin menuholdsalltheadministrativefunctionsinoneplace.Functionssuchasthelicense
management,systempoliciesanduseradministrationareperformedandaccessedthroughthe
Adminmenu.

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TheDashboardprovidesasuccinctvisualrepresentationoftheenterprisewideenvironment
monitoredbyDPA.Itoffersinformationataglanceenablingtheusertomakequickdecisions.For
instance,theDataCollectionHealthstatusviewlet showsthestateofthecollectionagents.
TheprimaryworkflowoftheDashboardleadsyoutoothersectionssuchasreportsoralerts.The
destinationisautomaticallyfilteredtodisplayonlytherelevantandapplicablecontent.
ADashboardhasmultiplesmallwindowscalledviewlets.Viewlets areconfigurablebuilding
blocksandmakeupthecontentsofadashboard.
TheDashboardhasthreesectionsalignedtothedifferentITroles.TheReplicationsectionis
targetedforstorageadministrators,thebackupsectionforbackupadministratorsandthesummary
sectionforITManagers.

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TheAdvisordisplaysallthealertsinoneplace.AlertstightlyintegratewithDPA'spolicydriven
AnalysisEngine.Alertsareindependentfromaparticulargroup.Thesystemshowsallalerts
togetherregardlessofthegroup.
Whenanalertisselected,theadvisordisplaysthedetailsandapossibleresolution.Analertcanbe
acknowledged,annotatedorclosed.

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Thereportingsectionopenswithfourtabsarrangedhorizontallyatthetopofthescreen,which
allowyoutorunreports,managerunningandscheduledreports,createcustomreports,and
managereportmenus.
ReportsprovidedetailedinformationderivedfromthevariousobjectsinyourDPAInventory.When
areportmenuitemisselected,theappropriateobjectsarepassedtoasystemtemplatethat
defineshowthereportisgenerated.Thereportresultsarethendisplayed.Youcanrunreportson
groupsorobjects.Whengeneratingareportforagroup,allobjectswithinthegrouparepassedto
thesystemtemplateandtheresultsincludedataforalloftheitemswithinthatgroup.
DPAoffersarobustreportingfunctionalitywithdedicatedsectionsforvariousfeatures.Through
theReportsarea,youcanrunvarioustypesofbuiltinreportsorcustomizethereportstomeet
yourenterpriserequirements.

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ADPApolicyisacollectionofrelatedsettingsandconfigurationthatcanbeappliedtotheobjects
todeterminetheprocessingthatwillbecarriedout.
TherearefourtypesofDPApolicies:

Analysispoliciesareacollectionofoneormorerulesusedtomonitorandtrackcertain
conditionsinobjectsforgeneratingalerts.

Protectionpoliciesareasetofrulesforbackupandreplicationcompliance.Thesepolicies
consistofrecoverabilityandprotectionrules.

Chargebackpoliciesareusedtodeterminethecostofstorageanddataprotection
operations.

DataCollectionpoliciesareusedtodeterminewhatdatatocollectandhowoftentocollect
it.

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TheInventorymenu hastwosecondarymenus:GroupManagementandtheObjectLibrary.Use
theObjectLibrarytoaddanobjecttoaDPAenvironment.
ObjectLibrarycontainstheDiscoveryWizard,whichcanalsobeaccessedthroughtheAdmin
menu.TheDiscoveryWizardisusedtodiscoverthehosts,backupapplications, switches andthe
storageobjects.

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TheadministrativefeaturesinDPAareallundertheAdminmenu.TheAdminmenucontainstwo
sections:Users&Security andSystem.
ThefeaturesavailableundertheUsers&Security menuareManageUsers,ManageRolesand
ManageExternalAuthentication.
UndertheSystem tab,theConfigureSystemsSettingslinkisusedtoaccessandcustomizetheDPA
serverandagents.

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ThismodulecoveredDataProtectionAdvisor6.0WebConsole.

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This moduleprovidessomeexamplesoftheDPA6.0robustreportingfunctionality.

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DataProtectionAdvisormonitoringandalertingcapabilitiesacrossallcomponents,domains,and
locationsprovideproactiverealtimealertsonhardwareorsoftwareconditionstohelpidentify
issuesbeforetheyescalateintoproblems.
TheAnalysisEngineusesrulestocheckthearrivingdataforfailuresanddevelopingconditions,
whichisnotsomethingyoucoulddomanually.
Realtime,automatedemailnotificationsandpolicybasedSNMPalertingassuresyouthatyour
systemisperformingefficiently,orwhenissuesmightbedevelopingsoyoucantakerapidaction
oneventslikestoragespacerunningloworhighCPUusage.
DataProtectionAdvisorflagsmissedservicelevelagreements,alertsonslowerthanaverage
backups,andshowscurrentdatalossexposureperprotectedclient.
Withthesetools,youcanactquicklyandfeelmoreconfidentthatyouunderstandthestresspoints
inyourenvironmenttopreventminorissuesfromturningintobiggerproblems.
AsoneDataProtectionAdvisorcustomersaid,Itislikeateamof24x7storageexpertswatching
mybackups.

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AndwithDPA,allofthisisintegratedintoasinglepaneofglass,allowingformultiplebackup
technologiestoreportsimilarinformationconsistently,aswellasaggregateitacrossthem.
Administratorscanquicklyviewallofmanagedresources,applications,anddataprotection
infrastructureandinteractwiththeminaconsistentway,whethertheyareEMCdataprotection
productssuchasNetWorker,Avamar andDataDomain,orthirdpartyapplicationsfromVeritas,
IBM,orCA.

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DataProtectionAdvisorincludesbroadflexiblereportingthatallowsthepresentationofdatain
manyways,providingimmediatevalueandsavingyouhoursofmanualeffort.Infact,one
customernotedthatmonthlyauditreportingrequirementsdeclinedfrom40to80hoursamonth
tojustonehourwithDataProtectionAdvisorsautomationandextensivesetofreports,plusits
easycustomizationthatallowsforultimateflexibility.
ThesearetheDataProtectionAdvisorreportareas:

Servicelevelagreementreporting
DeduplicationratioreportsforEMCDataDomain,Avamar,andNetWorker
KPI,auditreports
Capacityplanning,changemanagement
Performance,resourceutilization,scheduling
Chargebackreports,recuperatecosts
Configuration,licensing,andmediamanagement

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DataProtectionAdvisorsdatacollectioncapabilitiesandanalysisengineallowsyoutoaccurately
forecastcapacityrequirements,enablingefficientbudgetplanningandavoidingunexpected
purchases.
Bycountingtheavailabletapesandextrapolatingboththenumberoftapesusedbytheserverand
thenumberoftapesaddedtothelibrary,youcanaccuratelyforecastyourmediademandover
time.Andwithothertechnologieslikebackuptodisk,virtualtapelibraries,NAS,orreplication
DataProtectionAdvisorsanalysisextrapolateshistoricalcapacityconsumptionandpredictswhen
futurepurchasesareneeded.Thisincreasesyourplanningefficiency,drivingongoingcostsavings.

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Changeisafactoflifeineverycomputingenvironment.Unfortunately,manychangesintroduce
unexpectedproblems.DPAprovidesdetectionandcorrelationofissuesacrosstheentire
environment.Thisrootcauseanalysisdigsdeepintoallmonitoredsystemstoidentifywhat
changedintheenvironmenttocausetheissue.DPAcanalsoallowcompaniestolookathistorical
changesandcorrelatethemwiththeirimpactinthedataprotectionenvironment.
Andduetothehighlydynamicnatureoftodayscomputingenvironments,thelargenumberof
uncoordinatedchangesoccurringonadailybasiscanimpactheavilyonbackupadministrators,
whoriskbeingunsureofwhattheyaretobebackingupastheenvironmentevolves.
Acommonquotewehearfromcustomersis80%offailuresareduetosomeonechanginga
settingonaserverandnotcommunicatingthatchangetothebackupteam.DPAautomatically
findsthesechangesandalertsadministrators,savingtimeandeffort.

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DataProtectionAdvisorchargebackreportsprovidetheabilitytoperformafinancialcostanalysis
forthebackupsandrestoresthathavetakenplaceinacustomersenvironment.Acumulativecost
iscalculatedforeachbackupclientwhichcanthenbechargedbacktothebusinessunitthatis
responsibleforthatclientorsetofclients.DataProtectionAdvisoralsoproducesacomprehensive
rollupofbackup,restoreandotherresultsbycostcenter,crossreferencedtodepartmentswith
runningtotals.

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DataProtectionManagementisaboutmorethansimplesuccessandfailureofbackups.Thefocus
onjobsandserverscanoftenhidetherealquestionsregardingexposureofassets,including:

HowdoIknowthatImreallyprotectingthecompanyscriticalapplications?
HowdoIknowImmanagingtheRTOs&RPOsformykeyapplications?
HowdoIdemonstratecompliancetotheauditors?
Toaddressthesequestions,DPAcangeneratereportsthatnotonlyindicatesuccessorfailureof
backupsbutalsogiveadetailedinsightintothequantifiedexposureofassets.Often,customers
spenddaysorweeksmanuallycollectingandevaluatinginformationaspartofanallhandson
deckexerciseforanaudit.DPAcansignificantlyreducethetimetocompleteauditsbyautomating
processes.And,withDPA,customerscanverifycompliancewiththeclickofbuttontoshowthe
appropriatereports.
TheExposureDetailsreportontheleftleveragesaHorizontalBarChartRenderertohighlight
exposureduration.BypositioningthecursorovertheThamesserverbarinthegraphthats
displayedwecouldseethattheBackupRecoveryPointObjectiveistwodaysandthatthecurrent
backupexposureis6days,21hours.
TheSLASummaryReportinthemiddlerevealsSLAcompliancesummarybyclient,andiscolor
codedbasedoncustomerselectedpercentwithinSLAthresholds.TheStrikeSummaryreporton
therightdisplaysthenumberofclientswhichhavefailedonce,twiceorthreetimesinarow.
Customerscandrilldeepintothisinformationtogetdetailsoftheindividualfailuresbyserver.

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Configurationreportsdisplayinformationontheconfigurationofthebackupapplication.

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Dataprotectionisthemaincategoryforreportsthatpresentinformationaboutthebackupsthat
havetakenplaceonabackupserver.Dataprotectionincludesreportsonanyrestoresthathave
alreadyoccurred,andthecurrentexposureofanybackupclients.
OneofthemanyusefulDataprotectionreportsistheBackupReportCard.Thereportcardallowsa
usertoquicklylookatalargenumberofclientsovertime.Thevisualnatureofthereportcard
allowsuserstoreadilypinpointspecificissuesoftenmissed,suchasrecurrentfailuresofthesame
backupclient.
TheBackupReportCardprovidesbackupstatusinformationfromtheperspectiveofthebackup
clientinaneasilyreadablered/greentrafficlightstyle.GreenindicatessuccessRedindicates
FailureRed/GreenindicatesPartialandawhitecellindicatesthatnobackupactivitytookplace.
ByrunningthereportoveratimewindowofLastWeek,forinstance,theusercanalsogetanata
glanceviewoftherecenthistoryoftheclientonadailybasis.
Thisexampledemonstrateshowtheusercandrilldownfromaneasilyreadablehighlevelreport
downtoconsiderabledetailregardingaspecificclientandsaveset.

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OncedatafromyourentireenvironmenthasbeencollectedbyDataProtectionAdvisor,youcan
analyzeandcorrelateitusingtheexistinggraphsandtables.Bycorrelatingresultsfromdifferent
reports,DataProtectionAdvisoranalyzesyouroperationsandpointsoutthosethathavemissed
theirservicelevelagreements.
Thebiggestchallengetooptimizinganyenvironmentisvisibilityintowhereresourcesareavailable
andwheretheyareatcapacity.DataProtectionAdvisorenablesthatvisibilitythroughalertingand
reportingofperformance,capacity,andconfigurationoftheinfrastructure.Thisresultsinbetter
operations,failureavoidance,reductioninmissedservicelevelagreements,andlessfrequent
hardwareandsoftwarepurchasestomeetincreasingdatagrowthintheenvironment.

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AnotherwayDataProtectionAdvisordrivescostandoperationalefficiencyiswithpowerful
troubleshootingcapabilities.
WithDataProtectionAdvisor,youcancorrelatetheperformanceofdifferentcomponentsduring
backup,identifybottlenecks,andrapidlytroubleshoottodeterminethecauseofissues.
DataProtectionAdvisordigsdeepintotheinformationandcorrelateskeymetricsatthetimeof
backup,notonlyhelpingyouseetheactivityofyourbackupandrecoveryoperations,butenabling
youtobereadytoquicklyidentifyandrespondtoanyfutureevents.
Bycomparingdataacrossdifferentdomains,problemscanbefoundquicklyandthencorrected,
eliminatingwastefuleffortandspendingonthewronghardware.

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OneimportantusecasethatdemonstratesthepowerofDataProtectionAdvisoristhecaseof
crossdomaintroubleshooting.
WhenDPAhascollectedandconsolidatedinformationaboutyourbackups,clients,applications,
virtualizedinfrastructure,replicationcapabilities,virtualtape,deduplication,andbackuptodisk
devices,thatiswhenthetruepowerofDPAisunlocked.
DPAallows:
Viewingbackupsuccessandfailurerates,
Reportingonfailures,
Correlatingthemagainstconfigurationchangesmadeeitheronthehostorthebackupapplication
orthevirtualizationenvironment,and
SeeingthatachangewasmadetoutilizeavirtualtapedeviceprovidedbyaDataDomainsystem
thatisdisabled,thuscausingthebackupfailure.
DPAbecomescrucialfortroubleshootingacomplexvirtualizedenvironment.

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WhenDPAisaddedtoabackupenvironment,suchasAvamar orDataDomain,itprovidesasingle
consolidatedviewofmultipledecentralizedgrids,domainsorsystems,enablingeasyaccessto
informationsuchashistoricalperformanceandforecastingfutureperformanceandloads.
LetsdiscussafewspecificcapabilitiesofDPAforAvamar.
First,regardingcentralizedmonitoring,DPApresentsunifiedinformationaboutyourentirebackup
andrecoveryenvironment,whichenablesyoutostayawareofcurrentandpotentialproblems
withoutrequiringyoutorunscriptsoranalyzelargeamountsofdata.DataProtectionAdvisorhas
many,standardoutoftheboxreports.Allreportsarefullyconfigurablethroughanintuitive
graphicaleditor.
RegardingDataProtectionAdvisorperformancemonitoringonanAvamar grid,manystandard
reportsareavailable.Wheneverpossible,itispreferabletohaveDataProtectionAdvisors
presenceintheenvironmentpriortoanAvamar deploymentsoyoucanseetheperformance
differencespre andpostAvamar installation.
AndDPAsCapacityForecastingisavitalfeatureforabackuptodiskbasedgridsuchasAvamar.
Beingabletoprojectgrowthandcompareitagainstestablishedservicelevelagreements,orSLAs,
isvitaltowardsensuringahealthyvirtualizedenvironment.Thresholdtriggerscanbeusedforboth
actualandpredictedvalues,allowingforreactiveandproactivemanagementofAvamar.

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WithDataDomainsystems,youhavethesamecapabilitiesofcentralizedrollupofmultiple
systems,aswellashistoricalandprojectedconsumptionandperformancereporting.Beyondthat,
DPAgivesyoumorespecificinformationabouttheDataDomainenvironmentsuchashardware
andvirtualtapelibrarystatus.Havingthisinformationaswellasotherinformationaboutthe
managedenvironmentreducesthetimetoresolvecomplicatedcrossdomainproblems.
DataProtectionAdvisorworkswithDataDomaintogatherkeydataandprovideinsightinto
performanceproblemswiththeenvironment.Similarly,DataProtectionAdvisorprovidesinsight
intoresourceutilizationandcapacityplanning,whichisvitalindynamicvirtualenvironments.
Virtualenvironmentsleverageresourcepools whentoomanyrequestsforthesameresources
occurtheenvironmentcanexperienceaperformanceimpact.DataprotectionAdvisorallowsthe
administratortotrackutilizationovertime,aswellasgeneratepredictivetrendalertssuchas
spacerestrictions.

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Virtualizationhasbeengreatforimprovingtheutilizationofhardwareassets,andacceleratingthe
creationandmovementofsystems.Thisalsocreateschallengeswithmanagingthedynamicvirtual
environmentwhereyoucanteasilytellwhereasystemislocated,whatmightbeimpacting
performance,orifthesystemisprotected.Thismeanssystemsmaybeunavailableorthedatamay
notbeprotected,withoutyoubeingaware.
DataProtectionAdvisorhasextendeditscorecapabilitiestothevirtualworld,improvingvisibility
andmanagementforVMwareenvironments.DPAprovidesmonitoring,alerting,troubleshooting,
optimization,capacityplanningandreportingforvirtualizedbackupenvironments.
Specifically,whenitcomestoDPAscapabilitiesforVMware,theproductisabletodiscoverthe
virtualizedenvironmentandreportonnewsystemsthatmaynotyethaveitsapplicationsanddata
protected.ItcanreviewcompliancewithSLAsandprovidealertingforfailuressuchasresource
thresholds.DPAcanhelpcustomerstroubleshootissuesofperformanceacrossdomainslikehosts,
storageandnetworking,andhelpcustomersplanforthefuturegrowthoftheirvirtualized
environment.

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DataProtectionAdvisorautomatesdatacollectionacrossthedataprotectioninfrastructureand
analyzesitforbackupfailures,performanceissues,andreplicationgapspresentingitin
meaningfulformatstovariouslevelswithinthebusinesstomakeinformeddecisions.
DataProtectionAdvisorautomatesreportsforSeniorlevelmanagement,Operationallevel
personnel,andAdministrativelevelpersonnel.

Seniorlevelmanagementcangetdatainasummaryformatthatprovidesoverallstatistics
andvisualdashboards

OperationallevelpersonnelcangetmoregranularitythroughvisualmapsandRTOsand
RPOsofbackupenvironments,aswellasgetoverallvisibilityastowhichvirtualmachines
(VMs)areprotectedandwhicharenot.vCenter integrationallowsforusersofVMware
haveaccesstothisdetailwithoutleavingtheirfamiliarinterface.

Administrativelevelpersonnelcanreceivereportsatthemostdetailedlevelforaddressing
performanceissues,protectionissueseffectingthemostcriticaldata,andcapacity
constraints,aswellasenvironmentalchangesthatcouldpotentiallyimpactrecovery.

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LetstakealookatsomeoftheautomatedreportsthatDataProtectionAdvisorcancreateforthe
CIOofyourorganization.
Theslideisshowingfourdifferentsummaryviews:

IntheupperleftisaservicelevelagreementAchievementSummary,withabarforeach
applicationorsystemofinterest.Youcanseeataglancethatthereareafewsystemsinthe
redzone.

Intheupperrightarethreechartsshowingcostbreakdownbycostcenter,costbreakdown
bytotalcost,andahistoryofchargebackcomparingthelastthreemonths.

Inthelowerrightisabackupcomplianceoverviewwithseveralreportscompiled,including
statisticsforthelastday,lastweek,andlastmonth
Athreestrikesummaryshowinghowmanysystemsareatrisk
Abriefsummaryoftherestorestatsforthelastmonth
Whatdataismostexposed

Finally,inthelowerleftisachartshowingtheROIfortherecentAvamar investment
Thesereportsarejustsamples,intendedtodemonstratethetypesofreportsthatDataProtection
Advisorcancreate.Therearenumerousoptionsandformatsavailablebasedonuserpreference.

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ThesearesomeexamplesoftheautomatedreportsthatDataProtectionAdvisorcancreateforan
operationsviewofyourdataprotectionenvironment.
Thetworeportsonthetopofthepageshowtwoviewsofthereplicatedenvironment.Onthetop
left,thescreenshotshowstwovalidreplicasandoneinvalidreplica,viathered/greenhighlights.
Theinvalidreplicaimpactsrecoveryattheremotesite.DataProtectionAdvisorcanhelptoidentify
whythereplicaisinvalidsothatyoucanresolvetheissuesassoonastheyareidentified.Onthe
topright,areportshowsthetopologyviewmappingtheapplicationfromthehosttotheprimary
andreplicatedstorage.
OnthebottomleftisaviewofaservicelevelagreementreportfromDataProtectionAdvisor
viewedfromthevCenter Serverplugin,whichreducesthenumberofinterfacesneededto
monitorVMwareoperationsandprotection.
Onthebottomrightisadeeperlevelsummaryoftheprotectionstatusforallsystems,withwhite,
green,andredhighlightstranslatingtonobackup,successfulbackup,andfailedbackup,
respectively.Fromthereportcard,anAdministratorcandrillintoanyofthehoststogetmore
detailonthebackups.

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Movingdowntothenextlevel,thesearesomeexamplesoftheautomatedreportsthatData
ProtectionAdvisorcancreateforAdministratorswithinyourorganization.
Thetoptwoscreenshotsandtheoneonthelowerleftcontainalotofinformationonavarietyof
differentelementsexamplesareperformance,numberofjobsrun,andtheamountofdata
backedup.TherearemanyreportsandevenmoreformatsforeachareathatDataProtection
Advisorsupports.
Inthelowerrightisasimplechartthatforecastscapacitydemandatsometimeinthefuture,
enablingtheforecasting,justification,andplanningforpurchasingnewcapacitytohandlethe
growthDataProtectionAdvisorisforecasting.

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ThismodulecoveredsomeexamplesoftheDataProtectionAdvisor6.0robustreporting
functionality.

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ThiscourseprovidedanoverviewofDataProtectionAdvisorversion6.0.
Thisconcludesthetraining.

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